Quinn touts benefits of diversity during Illinois Black Chamber conference

By WEEK Producer

August 22, 2013 Updated Aug 22, 2013 at 7:37 PM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- Governor Pat Quinn was in East Peoria Thursday morning touting the benefits of diversity when it comes to the state's economy.

Quinn attended the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce’s annual conference at the Par-a-Dice Hotel.

The governor cited the upcoming 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech.

The governor said Dr. King's legacy of promoting social equality remains relevant today and that includes economic development opportunities for all people.

“It is so important to have strong men and women all across our state making sure that African Americans get their fair share of contracts, get their fair share of opportunity in our state,” said Quinn.

The governor also announced the formation of the Illinois Small Business and Workforce Development Task Force to focus on issues of critical importance to minority owned businesses.

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